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Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known

Russian hackers hit 39 states' electoral systemsRussia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.

In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data. The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day, and in at least one state accessed a campaign finance database. Details of the wave of attacks, in the summer and fall of 2016, were provided by three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said.


Deputy AG Rosenstein says he hasn't seen any reason to fire Mueller

Rosenstein: No reason to fire MuellerThe Justice Department official overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe says he would ignore calls to fire Mueller unless he considered them “lawful and appropriate.”

“I’m not going to follow any orders unless I believe they are lawful,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said during a Senate hearing amid media reports that President Donald Trump has been weighing whether to oust Mueller, possibly in an attempt to halt the politically sensitive investigation.


Russia Probe: Trump allies turn fire on Mueller

Bob MuellerProminent conservatives including former Speaker Newt Gingrich fired off salvos at special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday, insisting that the man leading the probe into allegations of links between the Trump campaign and Russia is out to damage the president.

But the wave of criticism sparked other Republicans to warn that any concerted push against the special counsel could be politically disastrous for the White House.


Jeff Sessions Subpoenaed in Trial of Trump Soul Mate Joe Arpaio

jeff Sessions called as witness in Arpaio trialAlong with testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions can expect a subpoena from lawyers for a former Arizona lawman who has been called Donald Trump’s political soul mate.

The soul mate is 84-year-old former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was Trump’s sidekick in championing the birther nonsense about President Obama and in raising the specter of criminals and rapists pouring across our southern border.


Trump Invites His Employees To Praise Him During Cabinet Meeting

Trump cabinetPresident Donald Trump invited his top employees to shower him with compliments on Monday. They happily obliged, one-by-one, on live television.

During a Cabinet meeting at the White House, the president touted the “record-setting pace” of his legislative agenda and claimed “never has there been a president, with few exceptions” who has accomplished more while in office.


Donald Trump Maintains Losing Streak In Court Over His Travel Ban

Travel ban upheld for third timePresident Donald Trump couldn’t appease the appeals court that first rebuked him over his travel ban, as a panel of judges dealt him yet another legal setback Monday despite administration efforts to help the ban survive judicial scrutiny.

More than three months since the president went back to the drawing board on his original executive order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has again refused to reinstate the revised version, which would impose a ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries and a suspension of the refugee resettlement program.


D.C., Maryland to sue Trump over alleged Constitutional violations

DC and Md. attorneys general sue Trump over Const. violationsThe attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia intend to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, accusing him of violating portions of the Constitution intended to protect against corruption and seeking to uncover the tax returns that the president has thus far been unwilling to release.

A source familiar plans for the suit said its focus will be on the president’s continued ownership of his family’s business empire, control of which Trump said has been handed over to his two adult sons. But far from the blind trust standard adopted by past presidents, Trump continues to receive some information about the Trump organization, including profit reports, from his sons.


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